Archive for June, 2005

RSS focused Venture Fund Announced

Jeff Clavier, venture consultant and angel investor, brought a new RSS fund to our attention. Partners John Palfrey and Jim Moore, from the Berkman Center, announced a new venture capital fund focused on investments in “tagging, RSS, OPML, search, social software, and realted next-gen standards.” Moore indicates that they have already raised $20MM […]

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Start-ups are cheaper and easier to start…

Great post from an entrepreneurship blog titled: It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur.
Reasoning: 1. Hardware is 100x cheaper than the late 90s. 2. Infrastructure software is free. 3. Access to global labor markets. 4. SEM marketing.
What does this mean? More innovation because more people can […]

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Slingbox Update…

Slingbox is available today (not sure if I will pick one up as the player only works on Windows XP - no MAC support) at CompUSA. PC Magazine reviewed the product here.
Previous Slingbox Posts:
What is broken about your living room
TIVO=Time Shifting, Slingbox=Place Shifting

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Completely useless post - but intriguing nonetheless.

So I saw this site for a glue company. Basically, they took an old monitor and used superglue to attach it to the wall. Then they connected a realtime webcam to the wall aimed at the monitor. Finally, they created a web interface so you could type comments and see them in […]

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What is broken about your living room?

I was listening to NPR and Steve Rubel was being interviewed (is that guy everywhere these days or what?) about various new technologies and how they are being sold.
Steve had a great perspective on XM and Sirius Satellite radio. Both companies have spent billions trying to sell us an alternative to radio, but […]

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Interesting Dallas Real Estate Project.

Many of our Dallas readers are familiar with new home builder Diane Cheatham and her forward thinking development practices. She discovered a 12-acre parcel just inside the loop South of Forest East of 75 and West of Greenville and announced the development of 53 modern homes there. The City Council approved the project […]

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Google Print is out (Beta).

http://print.google.com/

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Apple’s Podcasting iTunes 4.9 was released this morning! What happens to Odeo?

If you run the system update on your Mac iTunes 4.9 will show up. I have not tried it yet.

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TIVO=Time Shifting, Slingbox=Place Shifting

Dixon Doll and the guys at Mobius funded a neat start-up called Sling Media last year (Series A was $11.5MM). The technology is very cool and my understanding is that it will be availble in stores this summer (maybe June 30 from CompUSA).
Basically Slingbox allows you to stream TV content from your cable, satellite […]

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Meriton Networks Closes Series C (oversubscribed $54MM)

I served on the board of advisors for Meriton and have a small interest in the company. WTG Mike Pascoe (new CEO)! The funding came from new investors VantagePoint (Cynthia Ringo) and Nomura International (Andrew Healey) as well as from all previous investors including: Desjardins Venture Capital Group, Newbury Ventures, Primaxis Technology […]

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Austin Ventures adds Thomas Ball as Partner

Austin Ventures named Thomas ball, formerly CEO of Openfield Technologies and founder of eCoupons.com Inc., as a new venture partner. Thomas also has investment experience with Discovery Capital and Mitchell Madison. Read the press release.
I think they will need the help as they recently closed on their ninth fund ($525MM).

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Podcasting Marketing Sizing

Former Boston Consulting Group consultant, Alex Nesbitt (now of Bella Ventures), claimed the current market for Podcasting services and tools is worth $2MM USD per year. He predcits that podcasts will generate $40MM in business from software, hosting, search and aggregation in the next year. Books on Podcasts will be a huge segment […]

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Scobleizer speaks up on Odeo, and Evan won’t like it…

[via Scobleizer]
He basically bashed Evan. Check it out: “Now, before I get to the other two podcast-tools-makers-who-eat-their-own-dogfood there’s a fourth one, Evan Williams, the guy who started Blogger. He gave me a demo of his tool, Odeo, last week at Supernova. I don’t know why his tool is getting so much hype when […]

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Social Networking Article in Black Enterprise Magazine.

You may have read an earlier entry I made regarding an article I was quoted in Entrepreneur Magazine. This time I was interviewed and quoted for the July edition of Black Enterprise Magazine for an article titled Rubbing Elbows in Cyberspace. I was surprised that B.E.M. was interested in my experience using LinkedIn […]

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The center of the Web 2.0 world :: why SFO and not DFW?

Frederico Oliveira is a 22 year old blogger and I have his blog, We Break Stuff, in my RSS reader. This after noon Fred asked the question, “Is the Bay Area the center of the world?”
It would seem that it is for Web 2.0 projects and companies. Having just returned from SuperNova2005 in […]

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